Dec 4, 2012 7:00am EST
the style section of "the washington post" this morning. also in the aftermath of super storm sandy, here is "the new york post" this morning -- below that is a story with the headline -- our coverage today will continue, a review of fema's prepared this in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. that hearing will be live on 10:00 a.m. on c-span3 this morning with the fema administrator. back to your phone calls. a democratic caller, good morning to you. caller: yes. good morning. i just have a few things to say. the government could put a freeze on a lot of things. if they puts a freeze on these things, i would give the peopl e time to spend money. also, they are talking about medicare. i don't understand why medicare has to be a big thing. i pay medicare every month. $100 comes out of my check for medicare. i am not understanding why medicare is such a big problem when we have paid into medicare. the government is not giving us anything. that is all i wanted to say. host: the front page of "the washington post" -- itss about aarp anand lobbying efforts. that is an "the washington post" today
Dec 9, 2012 7:00am EST
hurricane sandy. most of the focus is on the immediate recovery, it includes $13 billion as a downpayment towards longer-term payments to protect against future disaster. the question this morning is, as the president begins on his second term, john is joining us from illinois. caller: i will distract a little bit. i hear so much talk about cutting entitlements. we never hear about over spending government waste. cutting some of the money that we need a in order to serve our country. why can we ever hear about where money is going that it should not go like research for monkey science. that is my comment. host: thank you for the call. john on the republican line. caller: i just wanted to say i think the number one priority -- the biggest thing we are seeing in the business world, small businesses are not able to borrow money to expand it. no help from the banks whatsoever. we had to go to independent leasing program. i do not understand why president obama is the president everybody thinks he is. why is he not helping with small business that is so important to the united states? we are g
Dec 26, 2012 7:00am EST
for sandy on the east pork inhere's a lot of that. call your delegates. my question to you, in regard to what i've heard on president obama in regard to social security is trying to incorporate changes cpi -- chained cpi. a person would pay $1,200 more in one year and over. 30 years, $28,000. could you go in depth on that for me? guest: there are different ways of computing the consumer price index. one of those is to change how much we saved for food and shelter and so forth for the proportions of the previous year as opposed to a base year. that gives you a somewhat lower rate of inflation. economists would argue that is more realistic and a fairer way to index and the government benefits. i have a problem with that. as an economist, i'm interested in perfection of measurement. as a guide u.s. to operate in washington, i am also concerned with equity. older folks really have a different basket of goods than and people. when was the last time grandma and grandpa went out and bought a suite of bedroom furniture. young folks do that. where is older folks spend much more in health care.